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 November 2017 Obituaries 

Elaine Marie (Freise) McCurley

Funeral service for Elaine McCurley, 80, of Chickasha, OK will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017 at Southern Oaks Church of Christ in Chickasha.  James Sanderson will officiate.

Elaine Marie (Freise) McCurley was born June 27, 1937 on the family farm in Bonfield, Illinois to Everett and Marie (Clark) Freise.  She and her family moved to Okarche, OK when she was around five years old and then the family moved to Chickasha, OK when she was nine.  She and her oldest brother Robert and youngest brother Wesley grew to adulthood in Chickasha, each going their separate ways to begin new lives.

Elaine married Garvin McCurley on August 26, 1953 and they began their family.  There were 4 children to come from this union.  Rhonda, Linda and Steven were born in Chickasha, OK.  Elaine and Garvin moved to Miami, OK August 28, 1966 and the next day, the 29th of August, 1966, was celebrated with a birthday breakfast for Steven in a small restaurant.  The next year in March her fourth child, Glendon, was born.

Elaine lived in Miami, OK for 46 years.  She worked throughout her life and the last 25 years she owned McCurley Janitorial Service.  Her joy in life came from raising her children and enjoying her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She especially loved Christmas time with her family!  She loved watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren opening their gifts!  She loved preparing the family meal and she always had turkey and dressing.  Her dressing was always the best, there was none to compare!

When Elaine’s son Glen and husband Garvin passed away in 2011, she continued the best she could to live in Miami, OK for the next two years, but illness caused her to decide to sell her home in Miami in November, 2013.  Elaine then moved, on December 6, 2013, to live with her daughter Rhonda in Chickasha, OK where she remained until her passing on November 29, 2017 from a lengthy battle with lung cancer.  Elaine dealt with cancer four times in her life but to her family she was the most loving, kind and strong person who was not defined by her illness, but by her unfailing love for her family.  She was deeply loved by us all!  We know she is with our Lord and that we will see her again.

Elaine was preceded in death by her father Everett Freise; mother Marie (Clark) Freise; husband Garvin McCurley; son Glendon McCurley; brother Robert Freise; and son-in-law Hal Pike.

Elaine is survived by her daughter Rhonda Pike of Chickasha, OK; daughter Linda Lortz and husband Ed of Sapulpa, OK; and son Steven McCurley and wife Sherry of Oklahoma City, OK; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Interment will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, OK. Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.


Billy Eugene Gilliam

Memorial service for Billy Eugene Gilliam, 91, of Newcastle, OK will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the Cowboy Country Church in Newcastle.  Rev. John Hooser will officiate.

Billy Eugene Gilliam was born the son of Samuel and Martha Gilliam on May 25, 1926 in Cyril, OK.  He died on November 24, 2017 in Norman, OK.

Billy grew up in Cyril and graduated from Cyril High School after which he enlisted in the Navy and was discharged in 1946.  He moved to California for a time before returning to Chickasha where he initially worked for his brother Charlie in his piano sales and service business.  Billy later started his own piano business which he operated for 50 years.  He passed the love of the piano business to his children who have continued his legacy.  He married Melba June Landers and she preceded him in death in 1997.  He later married Bernice Orf who preceded him in death in 2010.  Billy was a 32nd Degree Mason.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, two wives and eight siblings.

Billy is survived by his son Kraig Gilliam and wife Elaine of Ft. Worth, TX; son Tim Gilliam of Fletcher, OK; son Terry Gilliam and wife Debbie of Edmond, OK; daughter Margaret Wilson of Newcastle, OK; seven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril.  Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.


Cody Paul Anderson

Funeral service for Cody Paul Anderson, age 31 of Tuttle, Oklahoma, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017 in the Snow Hill Baptist Church in Tuttle with Dr. Todd Littleton officiating.

Cody was born the son of David Keith Anderson and Cindy Rhea Upton Anderson on October 19, 1986 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He died on November 11, 2017 in an accident near Norman, Oklahoma.

Cody attended grade school at Mustang Valley Grade School where he was active in various little league sports.  The family moved to Tuttle in his 5th grade year and he continued to be active in sports.  Cody was an avid wrestler at Tuttle High School.  He liked riding dirt bikes, hunting and fishing.  Cody also loved his dogs.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Harold Anderson and maternal grandparents Andy Upton Sr. and Gladys Upton.

Survivors include his parents David and Cindy Anderson; sister Daysha Stephenson, husband Jason, nephews Kaden and Kaleb; brother Lance Gage, wife Kristle, nephew Brody and niece Adaline; grandmother Barbara Anderson; and numerous other family and friends.

Interment will be in the Resthaven Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City.  Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home, Chickasha.


Barbara Rae Brinkman

Graveside funeral service for Barbara Rae Brinkman, age 83 of Chickasha, Oklahoma, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in the Evergreen Cemetery in Minco, OK. 


Barbara Rae was born the daughter of Walter Caves and Allie Sullivan Caves on November 10, 1934 in Minco, Oklahoma.  She died on November 15, 2017 in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Barbara grew up in the Bridgecreek and Tuttle area.  She moved to Chickasha where she met George Brinkman.  They married and lived in Chickasha the rest of their lives.  She worked as a waitress most of her life and also helped her husband with his trucking business.

She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers, Waymon, Wade, Bill, Gene, Billy, Bobby, and Mack; five sisters Lorene, Josephine, Pearl, Ruth, and Elsie.

Survivors include her husband George Brinkman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Minco.  Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.


Victoria Ellen Schurch

Funeral service for Victoria Ellen Schurch, 94, of Chickasha, OK will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017 in the McRay Funeral Home chapel.  Reverend Michael Oberlender will officiate.

Victoria was born October 26, 1923 to Robert Jerry and Minnie Mae McClaflin in Yale, OK.  She died on November 3, 2017 in Chickasha.

Victoria married Ernest Eldon Morrison December 8, 1938.  Two children were born to this union, Larry Eugene Morrison and Barbara Ann (Morrison) Blevins.  Ernest Eldon died January 19, 1949 in Blair, OK and is buried there.

Victoria married John B. Schurch October 7, 1950 in Altus, OK.  They established their home in Chickasha, OK where John had a mechanic shop and service station.  He retired from the shop in October, 1979.  Victoria worked with him in this business until his retirement.  She continued to work at the Sirloin Stockade for 5 ½ years and then for Badgetts for a year.  She went to work for Walmart in 1986 and worked there 21 ½ years before retiring in 2007.  Victoria was a member of Rebeckah lodge #13 and the LAPM for more than 40 years.  She held all of the offices in each organization and was secretary for both for more than 30 years.  Victoria and John joined the First Christian Church in Chickasha in 1960 or 61. 

Victoria was preceded in death by her husband John Schurch in October, 1990; grandsons Danny Eugene Blevins, Michael Len Blevins and Wayne Parham; granddaughter Telena Cobb; sister Alice Fritz; and brothers Tommy McClaflin and Louis McClaflin.

Victoria leaves to cherish her memory and to carry on, son Larry Eugene Morrison and daughter Barbara and husband Buck Blevins; brother Richard McClaflin; one brother-in-law Norman Fritz; two sisters-in-law Beulah McClaflin and Wyoma Schurch; grandsons Roy and wife Keesha Williams, Christopher Williams and Joe Parham; two great-granddaughters and six great-grandsons.  She also leaves many loved nieces and nephews and their families.  She will be missed.

Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.


McRay Funeral Home
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 806, Chickasha, OK  73023
Location:  110 S. 8th Street, Chickasha, OK  73018 
Corner of 8th & Chickasha Ave. Near Downtown
Phone: 405-224-4141

Email: mcrayfh@aol.com

Fax:  405-224-1584

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